MUMBAI:Deccan Chargers has in captain Adam Gilchrist a leader who can look at the bigger picture. Maybe the wide view of the field from a wicketkeeper's viewpoint reflects in his thought process on the game.
The effect of Indian Premier League (IPL) on cricketers engaged in the Twenty20 version in IPL Season III dominated the flow of questions fired at the Australian. He emphasised on continual change as the common factor through three editions of IPL, with teams looking to surprise opponents.
“Brendon McCullum (New Zealand's wicketkeeper-batsman) walking out there to bat like he did (IPL 2008 opener between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore) is the sort of surprise I am talking about,” said the Chargers' captain.
Excerpts from a chat after the Chargers nets at the MCA Recreation Centre.
How will the quality be affected due to the non-availability of foreign players busy with international cricket?
The beauty of the situation is that this is where the management comes in. I am confident of the overseas players we have. In the first few games, the Indian contingent's performance will be a deciding factor. Every team will be affected by the foreign players kept away due to the international schedule.
Chargers' Indian contingent, as you term it, is a mix of internationals Rohit Sharma, R.P. Singh and domestic performers like Harmeet Singh. Do you feel the Indians in your squad have learnt to play smart cricket?
There are many Indians figuring in the IPL. The remarkable thing that comes to mind is the aggression shown by these youngsters, they want to play aggressive cricket. Apart from learning to play smartly, aggression is something almost all of them have imbibed.
Your view on the most important factor in IPL III on the basis of experience in the first two editions?
There is a continual change. Teams and players are constantly on the lookout to innovate. The batting of Brendon McCullum and Dilshan Tillekeratne (playing for Delhi Daredevils) for example. The kind of shots they play, both have opened up new sections of the field for scoring, which previously was scored only if the wicketkeeper was having a snooze.
Do you feel the players will be under pressure due to short recovery period between the IPL III and the Twenty20 World Cup?
Being just before the World Twenty20 is a great benefit to all nations whose players are part of the IPL. They are going to use this as a great opportunity to prepare for the Twenty20 World Cup. It is workload no doubt, but the IPL needs to be aware of that too. I was reading with interest Lalit Modi's comments that he and the committee were aware of that, as they look to extend the competition but not looking to take up too much time.
IPL III will be marked by the absence of players from Pakistan and security factor at hotels and matches.
It did surprise me. They are the current World champion in this format. But to balance that surprise, there were a limited amount of positions available this time and teams had specific desires. Perhaps those player types were not needed by the franchises. It would be of greater interest next year when potentially a majority of players will be back in the auction. Regarding the security factor, the arrangements at the team hotel where we are staying is second to none. The test will come when teams are moving.